As a photographer, I'm always looking for ways to expand my skill set. I recently had a chance to do just that and work with animals at the same time.
David Fitzsimmons is a photographer and author from Ohio who came to Nashville to conduct a workshop photographing animals in a studio setting.
David didn't bring any animals with him, so he needed he needed some subjects. And there's how Walden's Puddle got involved. Walden's Puddle's mission is to provide "care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned Native Tennessee Wildlife", and they do it free of charge. What a great organization!
So I got the chance to photograph some animals that had been rescued right here in Middle Tennessee. Unfortunately, the animals that I saw that day were unable to be release back into the wild because of their injuries.
What we did was use a light tent to photograph the animals. David showed us the technique, and the people from Walden's Puddle managed the animals. I found this to be pretty interesting in terms of photography because these animals were photographed outside of their natural environment. I thought that the resulting photos really accentuated the animals' colors, texture, and features in a way that you wouldn't normally see in the wild. I mean, when was the last time you saw an animal that was photographed in a studio?!
Here's a few images from this workshop...